Faculty of the Arts and Letters course proposals
Collection — Multiple Containers
The collection includes course proposals for the eleven departments within the Faculty of Arts and Letters--African-American Studies, American Studies, Art, Art History, Classics, Comparative Literature, English, Media Study, Modern Languages and Literatures, Music, and Theatre and Dance--as well as undergraduate humanities classes developed by the Faculty.
Language of Materials
Collection material in English.
Terms of Access
Faculty of the Arts and Letters course proposals, 1971-1998 are open for research.
University records are public records and once fully processed are generally open to research use. Access to student and personnel records is restricted for 80 years from the date of creation. See reference staff for details. No restrictions on access apply to published records. The restriction of university records is subject to compliance with applicable laws, including the Freedom of Information Act. Most papers may be copied in accordance with the archives' usual procedures unless otherwise specified.
3.25 Linear Feet (6 manuscript boxes, 1 half manuscript box)
Course Proposals from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, both undergraduate and graduate, from its inception in 1971 to its dissolution in 1997.
The Faculty of Arts and Letters came into being in 1967 when the University planned a massive academic reorganization. The academic units were divided into seven different faculties, of which Arts and Letters was one. It originally consisted of a number of departments that were in the original College of Arts and Letters including Art, Classics, Drama and Speech, English, Modern Languages and Literatures, and Music. Other newly-formed departments were added to the faculty later like American Studies, African-American Studies, Comparative Literature, and the Center for Media Study. It was disbanded in 1998 when the University again reorganized and reestablished the College of Arts and Sciences.
The collection is divided into twelve series by department: I. African-American Studies, II. American Studies, III. Art, IV. Art History, V. Classics, VI. Comparative Literature, VII. English, VIII. Humanities, IX. Media Studies, X. Modern Languages and Literatures, XI. Music, XII. Theatre and Dance. All records are separated into undergraduate and graduate folders, with the exception of languages. The course proposals of the Modern Languages and Literatures department are organized by language group.
The University Archives received a number of accessions of Arts and Letters materials in the 1980s and 1990s, first from the Faculty of Arts and Letters, later from the College of Arts and Sciences. These materials were processed in 2004 by Karen Walton Morse and Kerry Fender. The course proposals in this collection were culled from four of the Arts and Letters accessions: 87-028, 94-023, 01-006, and an unnumbered accession. Other materials in those accessions were processed by Karen Morse and/or Kerry Fender in other Arts and Letters collections with record group 16, subgroup 1 such as 16/1/903, 16/1/899, and 16/1/940. See Archives staff for additional information.
Accruals and Additions
No further accruals are expected to this collection.
Vitae of faculty members attached to the course proposals were removed to the individual professors' biographical files.
Collection processed by Kerry Fender, July 2004.
- State University of New York at Buffalo. Faculty of Arts and Letters (Contributor, Organization)
- University Archives (Repository, Organization)
- Finding Aid for the Faculty of the Arts and Letters course proposals
- Finding aid prepared by Kerry Fender.
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